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San Jose seeks fifth consecutive victory; Anaheim tries to end four-game winless streak

by Dan Arritt / Independent Correspondent

SHARKS (8-10-1) at DUCKS (9-8-2)

10 p.m. ET; KCOP-13, NBCSCA, NHL.TV


The Game

The San Jose Sharks will try for their season-long fifth straight win when they visit the Anaheim Ducks at Honda Center on Thursday.

Goalie Martin Jones is expected to start for the Sharks, who have won four straight following a five-game losing streak. Jones has been in goal throughout San Jose's winning streak with a 2.69 goals-against average and .885 goals-against average.

The Ducks look to end a season-long four-game winless streak (0-2-2), outscored 17-9, after going 3-1-0 in their previous four.

Goalie John Gibson is expected to start; he's 2-6-0 with a 3.54 GAA and .897 save percentage in his past eight starts.


Players to watch

Sharks forward Timo Meier, who has seven points (three goals, four assists) in a four-game point streak, had four points (three goals, one assist) in four games against Anaheim last season.

Ducks center Adam Henrique, who has four assists in a three-game point streak, had four points (two goals, two assists) in four games against San Jose last season.


They said it

"When we stick to what we do best, the results follow." -- Sharks defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic

"When you're ahead in hockey games, in this league, we have to get the puck in deep, all the way deep. Not to the top of the circles. It's got to go all the way in." -- Ducks center Ryan Getzlaf


Sharks projected lineup

Evander Kane -- Logan Couture -- Kevin Labanc

Timo Meier -- Tomas Hertl -- Barclay Goodrow

Marcus Sorensen -- Joe Thornton -- Patrick Marleau

Lukas Radil -- Dylan Gambrell -- Melker Karlsson

Radim Simek -- Brent Burns

Marc-Edouard Vlasic -- Erik Karlsson

Brenden Dillon -- Dalton Prout

Martin Jones

Aaron Dell

Scratched: Tim Heed, Noah Gregor

Injured: Mario Ferraro (undisclosed)


Ducks projected lineup

Nick Ritchie -- Ryan Getzlaf -- Ondrej Kase

Rickard Rakell -- Adam Henrique -- Jakob Silfverberg

Max Jones -- Sam Steel -- Troy Terry

Nicolas Deslauriers -- Derek Grant -- Carter Rowney

Jacob Larsson -- Cam Fowler

Josh Mahura -- Erik Gudbranson

Brendan Guhle -- Korbinian Holzer

John Gibson

Ryan Miller

Scratched: Devin Shore, Michael Del Zotto

Injured: Josh Manson (lower body), Hampus Lindholm (lower body)


Status report

The Sharks recalled Prout on Thursday following a conditioning assignment with San Jose of the American Hockey League. Prout sustained an upper-body injury in the season opener against the Vegas Golden Knights on Oct. 3. 


Stat pack

Hertl has seven points (four goals, three assists) in a four-game goal/point streak. ... The Ducks are playing the 1,000th home game in its history; they are 537-329-133 in Anaheim.

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